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Global Business Immersion tour group

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CBE students on whirlwind tour of Beijing

25 May 2017

As the old saying goes, those who have been in China for a day write a book; those who stayed for a month write a page, while those who stayed longer find it all too complex to explain.  

24 ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) students have recently returned from a two week intensive study tour of China as part of their undergraduate degrees.

The students were in Beijing as part of the CBE Global Business Immersion elective, which takes students out of the classroom, and into the hustle and bustle of the ancient capital.

Fully immersed in Chinese culture and business practice, the students were exposed to the complexity of doing business in China, and gained first-hand insight into the country’s unique business environment.

The tour of Beijing included small business and larger corporations, lectures with academics from Tsinghua University cultural activities, and a presentation from Austrade on the idiosyncrasies of doing business in China.

The trip was organised by Associate Professor Lin Cui, and Associate Professor Kathy Walsh who accompanied the students to Beijing. AProf Cui designed the tour to allow students to explore life in China through different contexts.

“During our two week study tour in Beijing, our students were exposed to in-depth information and perspectives through a variety of organised learning activities in the forms of local lecture/seminar, corporate visits, cultural visits, as well as self-initiated exploration and events organised by the students themselves,” says Associate Professor Lin Cui.

“Overall, the study tour is an exciting and extremely valuable learning experience that complements our class-room teaching. It effectively enhanced our students’ ability to engage with Asian culture and business environment.”

Michael Ireland Bachelor of Finance says, “It was an incredibly insightful experience into the culture and nature of life in China.”

The students agree that the trip offered them an immersive experience of China, as both a student and as a tourist.

“This was a brilliant course and so worthwhile. Great practical grounding to add to the theoretical learnings I have gained throughout my degree,” said Bachelor of Finance/Bachelor of Actuarial Studies student, Emma Dobbie.

“Developing a strong understanding of Chinese culture and day to day interaction took time, but this made the overall experience more culturally immersive throughout,” agreed Michelle Lindenmeyr, who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Finance degree.

Hudson Digby, Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Economics student also found many opportunities outside of the Tour schedule.

“Really getting the chance to get out at night and see the city, practice our language skills overseas, while not as spectacular as the Great Wall, was a more personal experience,” he said.

Associate Professor Vinh Lu, Director of Engaged Learning at CBE, highlights the importance of opportunities like Global Business Immersion to the success of students through their careers.

“The Global Business Immersion program is indeed an exceptional initiative offered by CBE that affirms our sustained commitment to equipping our students with skills and experience useful for their future professional endeavours,” he said.

20 of the students received New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program grants to support their China visit. The NCP program is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, equipping Australian students with Asian literacy, across language, cultural exchange or business practice.

“We’re extremely thankful for the financial support from the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the ‘Doing Business in China’ project,” said AProf Lu.

“We also appreciate the in-country support of our mobility partners – Tsinghua University, Hanergy Holding Group and Dayu Water Group, whose generous hospitality certainly made a huge difference to our students’ immersion experience in Beijing.”

The next Global Business Immersion elective will take students to San Francisco over 10 days in September, looking at the intersection of sustainability in the home of the world's largest tech companies.

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Updated:   21 August 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team